DIY Chalk Paint with Hardware Store Find – My $5 painted night stand

before and after furniture chalk paint
Before

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I am DIYing all over town now that I’ve found this amazing recipe from Martha Stewart for DIY chalk paint. As some of you know, Annie Sloan chalk paint is around $40 for a quarter of a gallon. The amazing thing about chalk paint is that YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAND the furniture before painting. Having worked at a paint company before, I know that sanding is a lot of man hours figured into the cost of painting wood.

I wrote previously about BB Frosch, a $10 powder you can mix into ANY PAINT CAN you have lying around, and voila, you have chalk paint. This is a wonderful option. Chalk paint gives a soft matte finish to your project. If you prefer a smoother finish, a wax seal could then be used over the top once the paint dries. If you are a hard-core DIYer like myself, you look for the cheapest/best option, and Martha Stewart came to the rescue.

The secret? Non-sanded grout from the hardware store, or you may even have it in your garage! A pound of it is around $11. See below for the recipe.

Here are photos of my night stand I got at Orange Peel Thrift Shop for $5. It was a dark wood in great condition, but we are going for a Scandinavian coastal theme which is clean and white with soft grey and touches of black- fresh but not cold. I also got this white shelf there for $5 that had a lot of scuff marks on it, so I painted it! I had found these horns at a thrift store in Des Moines, Iowa, brought it to California with me, and painted that as well! I will post a photo of the dresser we found on the side of the road because someone was moving out and ridding of it. I painted that a soft white as well and put the cutest Moroccan contac paper in the drawers. It’s held up well even with all of the opening and closing and bumping. I had even put a heavy metal puncher on top of it and it accidentally got pushed around. There is a light scuff, but it didn’t scratch the paint off. (Update: while it has held up well, I would definitely recommend sealing it!) For the rest of the apartment, I get excited for the first of the month to come because that means I can buy more supplies to finish putting together our little place.

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If you got to the end of this post and live in the US, comment below and I’ll send you a few Tablespoons of grout so you can get started DIYing!

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